According to the CDC, about 40,000 children are born each year in the US with a congenital heart defect. About 25% of those infants will have a critical CHD that will require surgery or other invasive procedures. Some conditions are extremely complex resulting in extensive hospital stays.
While the world has experienced the life of quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is unfortunately not a new struggle for those who live with chronic and serious health conditions, and sadly, it does complicate it further. Children are often admitted to specialty hospitals that may be located hours or even several states away from home. Older children often have phones that allow them to stay in touch with friends and family, as well as play games on a hand held device, however, younger children most likely do not have these resources. They would benefit from the use of a tablet to stay connected, read or play games from the confines of their bed. This is why Faith created Tablet Talk.
Faith was born with a rare congenital heart defect known as HLHS. She has had a total of 8 major open-heart surgeries. She is a fierce advocate for CHD and serves on the young adult board for the Children's Heart Foundation, and as a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. She is no stranger to the challenges that a lengthy hospital stay can pose, which is one of the many reasons why she created Tablet Talk.
To keep children with complex CHD connected and engaged while experiencing lengthy stays in the hospital.
How We Operate
We connect with child life specialist or social workers within the surgical cardiac pediatric centers to identify children in need. Through sponsorship, we work to fulfill units with devices that can be assigned to a patient during their hospital stay, or in certain circumstances, given to the child indefintely.